(Abi and I searching for bears)
(Photo taken by Ashley Samuelson)
Today was a sad day. It was the day we left Yellowstone National Park.
We did add a few more stops to our trip before leaving, though, hitting the Mud Volcanoes, the Lower and Upper Falls, and Tower Fall. We also saw tons of bison before leaving the park, as well as pronghorns.
And then there’s the questionable bear sighting. Continue reading
A Snowstorm in June
(A park ranger trying to secure the American flag in the middle of a snowstorm)
The theme for today was bear-searching! Above all other types of wildlife, we really wanted to see a bear. They’re supposed to be abounding here in Yellowstone; everywhere we go, there are signs telling us how to “Be Bear Aware” and what to do if you meet a bear, and how to act when you’re on your hikes to prevent a run-in with a bear. All of these led my sisters and me to believe these amazing, furry, terrifying creatures were everywhere!
In the morning, we went on a hike called “Elephant Back Hike,” which is, according to one of the park guides, a local favorite – traipsing up a mountain peak in the woods until you finally arrive at the pinnacle, where there’s a stunning view of Yellowstone Lake with the Absaroka Mountain Range in the background. However, we did not see a bear, let alone any wildlife! (We did see snow, though… Weren’t we just in the desert a few days ago?!)
We arrived back to the RV only to find out that my grandma and the dogs had seen a huge bison right in front of the RV! After bemoaning our bad luck for a bit, we made lunch and saw… Continue reading
Roasting Marshmallows over a “Fire”
(I’m ashamed to even call that a fire)
(Mom and Ashley are the two in the photo here)
Yellowstone National Park. A favorite in the country, as the oldest national park in the United States.
This is where we arrived today. As with previous posts, I’ll post a separate one just on our main adventures in Yellowstone, leaving this post with everything extra that happened during the day today. Continue reading
Sun Shining on the Grand Tetons
Today our destination was the Grand Tetons!
First, however, we worried about where we were going to spend the night (after all, there aren’t any Walmarts in this area). So we hurried over towards the Grand Tetons, driving through Jackson, WY – a very quaint, nice little city – until we reached the Colter Bay RV Park… just in time. We claimed the second to last spot in the entire RV park.
Finally, we headed off to see the Grand Tetons. Continue reading
The Waterfall at Nunns Park
So we (sadly) left Zion this morning with the intention of driving over nine hours up to Jackson, Wyoming. Upon looking at the map, I realized that we’d be driving right past Provo, Utah, where a good friend of mine lived. We decided this would be the perfect place to make a pit stop. Continue reading
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A Bit of Sedona
Today we strolled Sedona. As in, walked up and down the town. It wasn’t extremely exciting, as at 8:00 in the morning not much was open, but I’d like to think I added to the morning excitement!
I twisted my ankle. Twice.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m naturally clumsy, despite being a figure skater, and if you didn’t believe me then, hopefully this post will convince you! The first time, I was walking down the stairs of the RV, excited to go out to see Sedona, and then – BAM! Continue reading
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A Grand Canyon Sunset
This morning we awoke bright and early (darn those dogs of ours) in Page, and decided we couldn’t stand another day of sitting, so my sisters and I went for a run. Now, I am not a runner. I typically despise running, actually. I will swim, walk, bike, hike, skip…nearly everything except run. But today, it felt amazing! My body needed exercise so badly. Until this point, my physical activity had consisted of a bit of ballet in the RV and jumping up and down curbs at every gas station we stopped at! Continue reading
The “Oasis” for RVs
(Ours is the one in the middle)
Another day on the road, and what a day it’s been!
We awoke bright and early at the Oasis RV Resort in Amarillo, Texas. (This is where the photo above was taken. It looks like Texas, does it not? And kind of looks like an oasis in the middle of the desert, sans spring of water). We hit the road as soon as we could; after all, we had a full 11 hours to travel to Page, Arizona, including a stop at the infamous Four Corners!
The morning hours passed uneventfully, with more playing of cribbage, as well as the game Fluxx. We also spent time reading and napping (I know… We’re a fun bunch). We finished our drive through Texas and entered New Mexico – the first time I’ve visited this state! The landscape changed almost immediately with the inclusion of plateaus, canyons, and lots of red rocks.
We ate lunch on the road, making sandwiches in the RV, and were just past Albuquerque, NM when suddenly my sisters and I realized we were far warmer than we’d been an hour ago. Actually, we felt warmer than even fifteen minutes prior! Ashley stood up to see if the AC was running just as Katie and I noticed the microwave wasn’t on.
The generator had stopped working.
Yes, that’s right. We were in the middle of the desert in New Mexico with no generator. Roasting by the minute. Toasting, if you will. One of the first thoughts to flash through my mind was, “We’re going to die!” Continue reading
Driving Towards “Oasis”
“Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain…” ~Oklahoma! (Yes, that is Hugh Jackman in the video!)
Last night we spent the night at Village Creek State Park in Arkansas. Our time in Arkansas was brief but interesting, to say the least!
First of all, there was a toad in one of the stalls of the women’s restroom (if you ever visit this park, avoid the first stall! The toad was still there this morning!)
Second, we had to work out sleeping arrangements. I ended up literally sleeping on top of the kitchen table. Continue reading